Vacation Camps & Workshops
When school is closed for a day or a week, our workshops and vacation camps offer time outside and endless possibilities for adventure. Workshops and vacation camps are for children in preschool through fifth grade, unless noted otherwise. Children should dress for the weather and bring lunch. Pre-registration required. $70/child per day members, $80/child per day non-members.
See dates below for specific times.
Honey: The Original Liquid Gold
Monday, September 30th 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Learn about the amazing world of the honeybee! From one hard-working queen comes an army of sisters and pounds of honey. Children will observe the inner workings of a beehive, wear a beekeeper’s protective gear, and taste a delicious sample of honey!
Tuesday, October 1st 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Every fall, we enjoy the annual apple harvest in a variety of ways—FRNC’s favorite is crushed, squeezed, and in a cup. Children will examine the life cycle of an apple and learn how it can be turned into sweet apple cider. They will get an up-close look at the cidering process as they press their own apple and try some tasty cider.
Bats & Owls
Wednesday, October 9th 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Halloween is just around the corner! Join us as we learn all about creatures that only come out at night. We will discover how owls and bats have adapted to the darkness, dissect owl pellets, and experiment with echolocation. We will even take a walk in our forest in hopes of seeing a Great Horned Owl or Barred Owl asleep above.
Deep Sea Dive *Preschool Only*
Friday, November 1st 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
There’s more to the ocean than meets the eye! Creatures lurk so deep below the ocean’s surface that not even sunlight can reach them. Join us for an exploration of the bioluminescent light show, and other adaptions that help sea life survive and thrive in total darkness.
Tuesday, November 5th 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Popcorn the Snake’s term is up! Will one of our new friends take their place as Rye Nature Center’s animal president or will Popcorn be re-elected? Join us this Election Day as we learn about animal adaptations and create campaign slogans about each animal candidate’s special strengths. At the end of the day we will vote for the strongest candidate to serve as our animal president.
Legends and Lore of the Land
Monday, November 11th 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Join us as we journey back in time to discover how Native Americans used natural resources to create tools, build homes, and play games. We will search for edible plants, play darts with corn cobs, and tell stories with our story stones.
Deep Sea Dive *Elementary School Only*
Wednesday, November 20th 11:15 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.
There’s more to the ocean than meets the eye! Creatures lurk so deep below the ocean’s surface that not even sunlight can reach them. Join us for an exploration of the light show that is bioluminescence and other adaptions that help sea life survive and thrive in total darkness.